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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

7 hours 21 min ago

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

13 hours 25 min ago

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection

16 hours 16 min ago

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story.

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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

16 hours 16 min ago

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story

19 hours 8 min ago

"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:27pm

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:58pm

Dean's "Paul Robeson" originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.

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Superheroes Go To Washington, And They've Got Political Advice

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:08pm

With a big comics convention in Washington, D.C., this weekend, NPR's Ailsa Chang asked some costumed enthusiasts for suggestions on how to help the folks inside the Capitol.

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Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:08pm

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

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Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:49pm

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

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Loneliness And Longing — And Woody Allen — In 'Fading Gigolo'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:09pm

Bob Mondello reviews the new Fading Gigolo, a surprisingly sweet dramedy in which John Turturro plays the gigolo, Woody Allen plays his pimp, and things don't go nearly as wrong as they could.

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:52pm

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

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The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:48am

Eric Deggans previews the return of a science fiction show that's also a police procedural and a thriller.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

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So, 'Scandal' Writers, How Did You Write That Awful Wrist Thing?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:15am

The chatty Sundance show The Writers' Room sheds a little light on how some of TV's more popular shows are brought into being.

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Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:39am

Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.

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'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:03am

Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:14am

In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy, and reflects on hard-won political lessons.

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Tatiana Maslany On Looking Herself In The Eye

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:36am

Actress Tatiana Maslany talks with Morning Edition about the return of her BBC America series Orphan Black. On the show, she plays multiple roles, and advanced technology helps her pull it off.

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